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What sets a nation apart from other nation is the ability to have its people to live freely as individual. That is why advanced democracies are able to nurture great people while also attract best talents from outside. Its people are able to enjoy equality and rights as a person, freedom to be who they aspire to be, without fear from state.

State in its nature is dictatorial, it aims to organise society into compartments that is easily managed, to dictate what right or wrong through legislation, law and enforcement. But how far is the power of the state acceptable? As we look back from civilisations in the past, it is the effective power of state that a city or empire is able to manage resources effectively and ensure its people are able to live a peaceful life within its territory.

Yet, when state becomes too powerful and desperately wanting to clutch its power to the last breath, it is willing to do anything, even controlling every step and thought of its people, paradoxically, which in fact leads towards the state own natural death. Humans in nature crave freedom.

The case with the Peaceful Assembly Bill, it is by nature a bill that shows the desperation of its leaders. They ought to realise that a bill like this will meant the end of the state as it is denying the very freedom of its people in expressing their thoughts. The people can either choose to flee to other advanced democracies, or to fight and preserve the only place that they know home.

Our nation are starting to become a backward country, with such leadership and political party that uses favouritism, corruption money, religion and race, and most importantly hijacking democracy with rhetoric, the people ought to think for the future what do they really want for their kids and the next generation to be, a hostage in this country? Or a proud and free person?

On the other hand, society itself is at fault for being resistant to change for the betterment of humanity. As Malaysians, we ought to start living for the future and fate of our country, the reality is, the societal conversation of this nation is and has been always very dogmatic, especially in the area of religion and race. Hence, the universal idea of freedom and progress is diluted to almost nothing. I noticed society get so excited with the area of accusing individuals of murtad, LGBT (Do you know there’s a different interpretation of the story of Lut which has nothing to do with LGBT hatred), and every forms and structures pertaining to religion and race, yet nothing is being said when our very freedom as individual is undermine, or our economy is rocking downwards or if the repression on the rights of the vulnerable such as the extreme poor, the orang asli and the immigrants.

Exception for the brave few individuals and civil society groups.

We choose to withdraw into our own little materialistic cocoon, withdraw into our supreme racial comfort, withdraw into our religious narcissism of being holier than thou, and refused to know what’s out there or mingle with people of different point of views.

As a victim of religious bigotry, it is saddening that this is what our nation has succumbed to. Religion become a playground for people to spread hatred and fitnah, to invade the privacy of others, and to show how religious he/ she is, when realizing that they are the ones who are making our nation a backward flop.

I leave this article with a research about the Islamicity of a country, believe it or not, New Zealand is the most ‘Islamic nation’ in terms of the Islamicity index (and the least corrupted nation too!), and Malaysia is only at 38, a far cry. In fact those “atheist” nations top the list of Islamicity. Again, at another study on the economic islamicity index, Malaysia is merely at 33, while most “atheist” nations which practice the separation of church and state tops the list, and the “catholic” Ireland ranked at No. 1. This shows that Islam is more than mere hijab or prayer or adopting an Arabised-culture,  it is about values and ethics, about progress and equality, intellectualism and innovations, about a nation and society that is free from corruption, barbaric culture,hatred, fitnah-culture, and indoctrination of dogmatism…

Instead, we are reversing back in time, falling arrogantly in ignorance.

This shows a lot about who we are, ain’t it?

It’s official, the establishments are mad. A geeky unknown guy from Australia has piss them off. Welcome to Wikileaks. A website that leaks top-secret information by governments, and corporations. Julian Assange, the mastermind behind Wikileaks is working on a mission to expose naked the global hypocrisy of the world’s super powers.

I was really impressed with the site, although the only way to access is though the hundreds of its mirror sites. The frankness of the site gave me a sense of admiration for Julian Assange. Call him whatever you want, but to me he’s a hero of the 21st Century. He’s extremely smart, suave, globally mobile, easily available women on his lap (look at the sex charges by 2 women), with a tinge of that Australian accent, and that cool silver white hair, even James Bonds will have a run of his money. Seriously, James Bonds is outdated, in today’s world, he’s nothing. To expose a conspiracy so huge, you need a mind like Julian Assange.

In fact, he’s so popular that he’s everywhere. Prior to his arrest in London, he was in TED, Aljazeera, CNN, even on comedy talk shows like The Colbert Report. Some suggested that he could be receiving the Noble Peace Prize anytime soon. Whatever it is, he’s the real deal. I mean, only an eccentric and courageous person like him would dare to change the world. Totally.

Now the world order will be dramatically changed with watchdog Wikileaks. Yes, it is no longer a unipolar world order, the freedom of information has never been freely accessible and exchanged until now. With the new balance of power between the world’s super economies like the EU, Brazil, India, China, Russia and U.S., Wikileaks will serve an even vital platform for journalists and ordinary citizens everywhere to expose the lies behind diplomatic sheets.

Take for example the civilian killing footage from the Iraq war entitled “Collateral Murder”, showed the evil truth of war that was cowardly hide by the U.S. government. Thanks to Bradley Manning, a young whistle-blower Cadet that bravely leaked the files to Wikileaks.

Among the 250,000 U.S.  diplomatic cables leaked were even more outrageous and funny, to the extend where it sounded like everyone is gossiping about everyone. World leaders were bad-mouthed in the most humorous way that made me feel – Perhaps these intelligence and diplomats were so free and had nothing else to do?? Gosh, stop poking fun of world leaders! We already know how terrible they are anyway… On the other hand, one cable that caught my attention was the instruction by Mrs. Hillary Clinton to spy on United Nations by collecting DNA, security numbers, personal data, etc from UN officials – including the Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. That is outrageous! The United Nations is not a safe haven for the rest of the world anymore.

Back in Malaysia, Wikileaks has caused a little stir with our government and the opposition too. I guess the Singaporean government loves us so much that pretty much a lot of our dark secrets are bad-mouthed (which comes as no surprise to us Malaysians). Incompetent politicians? Check!  Malaysia as a dangerous and confused state? Check! Secret dealings with Iran in procuring missile technology from China? Check! Anwar is gay? What? Really?? Should I check that? Hmm… Well, I don’t mind a gay PM, as long as he’s the lesser evil.

No doubt, all these episodes from Wikileaks has caused a major embarrassment to major governments, especially the U.S. Obama Administration. The self-proclaimed democratic leader is hunting down Interpol’s most wanted “terrorist” Julian Assange – dead or alive. While at the other spectrum, the banks and corporations are scared, really scared, because Julian told he’ll leak more files containing the wrongdoings of big banks and corporations. Major banks like Paypal, Master Card and Visa had already frozen Julian’s account. But that is not the end of Wikileaks.

Right now, Wikileaks supporters from around the world are filling the streets with protests, while hackers have joined forces for a cyber war attacking major corporations. Iceland, the haven of freedom of press for journalists has taken a stance to protect Wikileaks base there. And Wikileaks servers are safely tucked in a nuclear-proof bunker in Stockholm.  In fact, many more tech-geeks will be agents like Wikileaks. He has inspired ordinary people like us to rebel against big governments and corporations with a little help of the internet. I think this is the new age of cyber freedom, a world without borders. Julian Assange is definitely the man of 21st Century.

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